BLEDSOE, Sylvester Borford, 75, affectionately known as BoJack, a life long resident of Wheeling, W.Va., departed this life on June 10, 2008, in Wheeling Hospital Continuous Care Center, surrounded by his family.
Sylvester was born in Wheeling on September 29, 1932 to the late Leon and Onerlin Smith-Carnes Bledsoe and grew up in Security Elm Grove with his 11 brother and sisters.
He received his formal education from Dunbar School in Triadelphia, W.Va. and was very active in local sports, especially fast pitch softball and golf of which he did regularly until his health failed. He was truly gifted and endowed by God to master many trades from cooking, plumbing, and building electronics.
In 1954 he met and married the love of his life Juanita Lucious of whom he was married to for 54 years. Together they raised nine beautiful, independent children who loved and cherished him with all their hearts.
He was a faithful and longtime employee of 28 years at Wheeling Hospital until his retirement in 1990.
In 1969 he surrendered his life to God and was baptized in the name of Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit at Bethlehem Apostolic Temple, Wheeling, under the pastorate of the late Elder Joseph C. Allen, where he was very instrumental in the construction of their current location on Main Street.
During the past 25 years, he was a member of Emmanuel Tabernacle Baptist Church Apostolic Faith, 98-15th Street, Wheeling, WV, under the Pastorate of General Field Elder Juanita Bledsoe of the Emmanuel Tabernacel Baptist Church Inc., where he faithfully served on the Brotherhood and Trustee Board and as an honorary usher, and the first man.
He truly loved the Lord and was a dedicated servant of God.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his eldest son, Borford Sylvester Bledsoe; a granddaughter, Amanda Rose Bledsoe; great-grand children, T’Aira Joy and Terry Lane; five sisters, Orlee Johnson, Frances Scott, Marcella Green, Vivian Bledsoe and Rosele Bledsoe; and three brothers, Arlis Bledsoe, Lee Bledsoe, and Lonnie Bledsoe.
He is survived by his wife, Juanita Lucious Bledsoe of the home; eight children, five girls, Arlindarella (Leonard) Woods of Montgomery Village, Maryland, Dolores Bledsoe of Wheeling, Ge neva (Darrell) Parker of Canton, Ohio, Onerlin Bledsoe of Gaithersburg, Maryland and Nicole (Michael) Meads of Montgomery Village, Maryland; three sons, Elvis (Nancy) Bledsoe, Neal Bledsoe, and Phillip Bledsoe of Wheeling; a daughter-in- law, Emma Bledsoe of Warren, Ohio; one brother, Sebron (Toni) Bledsoe of Wheeling; and two sisters, Deborah Minor of Wheeling, Charlotte (Lamar) Harris of Steubenville, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Allen (Marie) Lucious; five sisters-in-law, Lenore (William) Ward of Baltimore, Maryland, Ruth E. Stinson of Steubenville, Jacqueline N. Lucious and Carol L. Lucious, and an adopted sister-in-law, Martha Williams, all of Wheeling; and a dear niece, Renita Stinson Lavender of Steubenville. He has 26 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a host of special nieces and nephews, church family and friends.
Friends will be received Friday, June 13, 2008 from 6-9 p.m. at the Kepner Funeral Home, 1308 Chapline Street, Wheeling.
Funeral services Saturday, June 14, 2008 at 10 a.m. at Agape Baptist Church, 99 14th Street, Wheeling, with the Rev. Willie Stinson.
Family and friends received at 601 Main Street, Apt. 103, Wheeling.
Burial in Stone Church Cemetery.